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[NOV. 8, 2004]  The Logan County Health Department will begin giving flu vaccine to high-risk populations in the second phase of vaccinations, scheduled to begin on Monday, Nov. 15.

"Due to the national shortage of flu vaccine and distribution problems associated with the shortage, conducting vaccine clinics using a phase approach has been required," said Mark Hilliard, administrator of the local health department.

"The approximate 2,500 doses available for this second phase of vaccinations should be more than sufficient to meet the need of the high-risk populations in Logan County," says Margie Harris, director of nursing at the health department.

The Logan County Health Department will give flu vaccine to high-risk populations meeting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirements when distribution begins on Monday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and continuing from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Nov. 16-19. People are asked not to come early and stand out in poor weather.

The cost of the flu vaccine is $18 or free with Medicaid or Medicare coverage. Clients are asked to bring their Medicaid or Medicare card with them at the time of vaccination. Only patients screened as high-risk according to CDC guidelines will be vaccinated during this second phase of distribution.

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The following are the priority groups for vaccination in this phase and are considered to be of equal importance:

  • All children aged 6-23 months.
  • Adults aged 65 years and older.
  • People ages 2-64 years with underlying chronic medical conditions (must have a physician’s statement to that effect).
  • All women who will be pregnant during the influenza season.
  • Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
  • Children ages 6 months to 18 years who are on long-term aspirin therapy.
  • Health-care workers involved in direct patient care.
  • Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children younger than 6 months old.

Clients who come to the health department to be vaccinated and do not meet the CDC eligibility guidelines will be turned away. For additional or updated information, please call the health department at (217) 735-2317, ext. 336, or visit www.logancountyhealth.org.

[Logan County Health Department news release]

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